Well, that was sort of refreshing.
Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) bid farewell to "Grey's Anatomy" Thursday night and she actually made it out alive. She wasn't killed in an automobile accident. She wasn't mowed down by a mad gunman. And she wasn't, thank God, blown to bits in a Seattle mall explosion.
No, the final image we have of her is in her fancy new office in Zurich, where she's the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery (it says so on the door) and is boldly stepping "forward into the unknown" with Shane at her side. Yes, fans will miss her dearly, but at least they know she'll be all right.
OK, so it wasn't a riveting or eventful plot twist, but it was a comforting departure from what has become the trendy thing to do in prime time these days -- kill off the character of a departing actor (See: "Downton Abbey," "The Good Wife" and others).
And although we could argue that Cristina's departure should have been more central to the episode, which produced some surprises on other fronts (Maggie is Richard's daughter!?), all in all it was a fitting honor for one of the most offbeat, complex and captivating characters TV has given us in recent years.
Of course, Cristina and her soulmate, Meredith, had to "dance it out" one last time, bopping to the beat of Tegan and Sara's "Where Does the Good Go."
And then, Cristina left Meredith with a bit of advice, telling her that she didn't have to move to Washington D.C. just because Derek wants to.
"Don't let what he wants eclipse what you need," she says. "He's very dreamy, but he's not the sun. You are." (Looks like Meredith heeded those words).
And then she was gone, only to show up one last time at the end of the episode to show us that fancy office in Switzerland and drop a few more lines of narration.
"Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely," she tells us. "And we're left only with the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling, not moving, assuming the worst that can happen. Or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant."
So what did you think? Was it a proper farewell for Cristina and the great Sandtra Oh? Or were you expecting more? Do you think the show will be able to adequately fill the void she leaves? Who will be Mer's BFF now?